Honours Of Scotland
My intention was to write about the Claim of Right for Scotland which Alex Salmond mentioned in his conference speech at the weekend. The First Minister intends to take the Claim of Right to Scotland's parliament next month and give Labour and LibDem MSPs the opportunity to rededicate their parties to its finest sentiments about the sovereignty of the Scottish people.
However, on Twitter, I found the following by a tweeter of slightly differing political views to myself and thought it far too eloquent to be confined only to that media. Keri, the composer, has given her permission for me to reproduce it here and I offer her my sincere thanks.
For those not acquaint with Scottish political matter, the Claim of Right for Scotland document has never had any legal force and remains a statement of popular opinion.
One part of Alex Salmond’s speech at Inverness which has so far not received much attention from the unionist media, possibly because they simply didn’t understand its significance, was the bit about the Claim of Right.
This is an offer the Labour and LibDem MSPs can’t refuse, without saying either that they or their colleagues were being dishonest in 1988, or that they have changed their minds and no longer consider the people of Scotland to be sovereign.